June is Pride Month, and an opportunity to celebrate LGBTQ+ members of the STEM community.
#TechTuesday honoring Lynn Conway
Lynn Conway studied physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before earning her B.S. and M.S.E.E. at Columbia University in the City of New York. Lynn joined IBM Research, working on the Advanced Computing Systems project that she made foundational contributions to computer architecture through.
However, Lynn was fired from IBM while she was undergoing gender transition in 1968. Lynn went on to become a computer architect at Memorex, but lived in fear of being outed for her trans identity and its potential of disrupting her career yet again.
After being recruited by Xerox PARC, Lynn invented scalable design rules for VLSI chip design and later pioneered the teaching of the new digital system design methods.
Lynn hopes her own story of success in tech as a trans woman, and her experiences with discrimination because of her identity, will help shape STEM fields and better support similar individuals.